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Suzanne Biegel Suzanne Biegel | The Women Effect: investing and impact
Suzanne Biegel, posted on 05.06.14

Suzanne Biegel's most recent article in Alliance magazine - on women effect investing:

Try this exercise. When you think "˜women' and "˜investing' what do you think about? This piece is going to ask you to think about the "˜women effect' as a factor across multiple dimensions where"˜women and girls' and "˜impact investing' come together. Across all asset classes, and a variety of stakeholders.

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Clare Jones Clearly Social Angels invest into tech for good start-up
Clare Jones, posted on 03.06.14

Third Space Learning uses tech to connect disadvantaged students with maths experts from around the world for one-to-one learning support, helping raise attainment and reduce social inequality in education. With a Clearly Social Angels impact investment, they are now able to scale their business.

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Hannah Sheath Leading childcare social enterprise secures landmark social investment deal
Hannah Sheath, posted on 30.05.14

We are pleased to announce that ClearlySo's client London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) has received £1.25m of social investment from leading social impact investors Big Issue Invest and Bridges Ventures.

LEYF is a charitable social enterprise that runs 26 community, workplace and children's centre nurseries across 7 inner London boroughs, employing over 400 staff and apprentices. LEYF has developed a mixed economy of provision which ensures children regardless of background can access high quality day care. 46% of children who attend LEYF nurseries from disadvantaged communities are supported through free or subsidised places.

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Clare Jones Pioneers Post | Why "social" businesses are a luxury we can't afford
Clare Jones, posted on 23.05.14

Pioneers Post recently published an article by ClearlySo's COO, Claire Braithwaite. After all the comment and debate recently about labels - social enterprise, social business, impact investing - Claire explores why we can no longer expect only those known as social enterprises or social businesses to be accountable for their impact.

Dr. Seuss has a book, The Lorax, that provides a perfect allegory for our sustainability challenges - and Claire's piece explores what that means for business (big and small).  We've put some choice extracts below, but head over to  Pioneers Post for the full article.

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Jude Ower Changing the Mindset of an Industry: Doing good in gaming is good for business too
Jude Ower, posted on 19.05.14

Playmob began in 2011, soon after the Haiti earthquake happened. Thousands of lives were destroyed and a huge call to action was issued to rebuild and repair the island. Zynga, an online gaming site, took action. They launched a Sweet Seed that players could purchase to show their support; Zynga made a % donation for each Seed purchased. $1.5m was raised in 5 days, and Zynga noticed a huge uptake in non-spenders spending, engagement and life-time value of a player. Zynga made a decision to open zynga.org, and ensure that giving back and doing good was woven into their suite of social games. In only a few years, they have not only raised $18m for causes, but have begun to see the impact their contribution has made - and the players who participate feel good too.

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Mike Mompi Innovative mental health application gains investment from IVUK Fund
Mike Mompi, posted on 12.05.14

In the latest in a series of exciting social impact investments, we are pleased to announce that ClearlySo client Buddy has received £400,000 investment, including funding from the LGT/Berenberg impact fund IVUK. This is the IVUK fund's second investment since its  first close in December 2013, with  their first investment going to K10, a company that employs apprentices, placing them in the London construction industry - a client with which ClearlySo worked through the  Investment Contract Readiness Fund.

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Rod Schwartz Third Sector | Tempted by banks? Social investors are the better bet
Rod Schwartz, posted on 16.04.14

In the social finance sector, we spend a lot of time explaining to businesses that generate social impact the advantages of securing capital from social investors.These, we argue, are more willing to take a long-term, client-centred view; furthermore, because they are positively motivated by the social impact generated, they have greater alignment with the goals of socially oriented enterprises than conventional investors, which can lead to many benefits, both tangible and intangible.

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Karen Anderson Let's get out of London: social business angel investing
Karen Anderson, posted on 16.04.14

Working across the north of England, the Midlands and Scotland, I am aware of how differently social investment is viewed outside London. There is more scepticism about riskier types of investment. There is also far less happening to support both social enterprises and investors to learn about various types of social investment.

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Stefan Van Maaren The Investment Contract Readiness Fund: results are in
Stefan Van Maaren, posted on 10.04.14

Since the Investment Contract Readiness Fund (ICRF) was launched in May 2012, I have been leading on ClearlySo's work in this area. It has brought us together with many exciting businesses that are creating transformative solutions to social problems across the country.

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Jonny Kates Is this the end of the crowdfunding honeymoon?
Jonny Kates, posted on 04.04.14

Last week, Facebook announced that they had purchased the development company behind the Oculus Rift - the leading virtual reality headset - at a price of $2bn. This latest acquisition by Facebook follows the staggering $11bn buy out of WhatsApp earlier in the year. What appears at first like a fairly innocuous acquisition has been met with a huge amount of backlash from the online community, for two main reasons.

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